Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Hold them accountable for being wrong

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent article in the American Conservative about how pundits who supported the Iraq war and made ridiculous Pollyannish predictions are still taken seriously by the mainstream media. (I cannot find the link, regrettably). He names several, primarily Charles Krauthammer, Peggy Noonan, and Ralph Peters, but neglects to mention many others equally culpable. Take William Kristol, please. He dismissed the idea that Shia and Sunni would fight among themselves as the stuff of pop psychology. Now he wants us to attack Iran, predicting (shock!) that the Iranians will welcome us as liberators. As Bill Maher said: Take this war off, Nostradamus.

Kristol, Krauthammer, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the National Review- in sum, basically all the neocons were wrong about Iraq. I want one thing from them: a big mea culpa. Just once on national TV is all I ask. And Michael Ledeen and Grover Norquist: don't say you were against the war in 2003 when you weren't. This is the age of instant Googling. We can find your true statements online in seconds. You were wrong; don't be dishonest too. Just say two words: My bad. You'll feel better.

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